Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear

For the Daily Mail, it turns out, when you cannot scare people with the facts, well, you can just scare them anyway, with a story about "Islamification".

For the Daily Mail, it turns out, when you cannot scare people with the facts, well, you can just scare them anyway. The nation’s biggest selling mid-market newspaper has suggested that an annual rate of around 5,000 conversions to Islam, could lead to a profound change in British society.

It reports:

The figure has almost doubled in ten years – with the average convert now a 27-year-old white woman fed up with British consumerism and immorality.

The numbers, revealed in a study by multi-faith group Faith Matters, have led to claims that the country is undergoing a process of ‘Islamification’.

Who has claimed this ‘Islamification’, the reporter does not enlighten us with. And what ‘Islamification’ amounts to, is also left undefined.

To put it in terms familiar to the Daily Mail, this 0.0032 per cent annual increase due to conversion, would lead, all other things being equal, to a doubling of the Muslim population every – wait for it – 213 years. It also amounts to a town the size of the grand metropolis of Shrewsbury every ten years.

So, setting aside these puny numbers, what could islamification mean? Could it refer to Muslims referring legal disputes to religious courts for voluntary arbitration, as Jews have done in the UK for more than more than 350 years? Or the extension of Muslim religious schools, following in the tradition of faith schools in the UK whose place in British society was cemented by the 1870 Education Act?

Futhermore, while the Faith Matters report reveals that most converts personally object to the use of the Niqab – female dress that covers all but the eyes – the Daily Mail illustrates the article using a photograph of two women wearing the garment.

Or could it be simply a case of dog-whistle reporting? Using an essentially meaningless term, which leaves the newspaper off the hook, while allowing the paranoid and racist to project their own meanings onto the phrase and stirring up fear. The newspaper’s headlines have given more explicit strength to extremists in the past.

At a time when the rise of the virulently Islamophobe English Defence League is seriously troubling communities across the UK, the Daily Mail should be more careful with their reporting.

44 Responses to “Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear”

  1. James Hoare

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  2. Matt Hayes

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  3. Daniel(le) Nobody

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  4. Joe

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  5. Duncan Stott

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  6. Simon Sayer

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  7. domstewart

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  8. Mehdi Hasan

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  9. ana

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  10. Ruje Yasmin

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  11. Gary Walker

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2

  12. Yasser Khan

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  13. Stephen W

    Good for you LFF. I disagree with you on many things. But on this you are entirely right. Populist scaremongering and nothing more.

  14. oliver skelton

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2

  15. Melissa Hogenboom

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  16. Will Straw

    The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  17. Sam Knight

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  18. Paul Burgin

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  19. sarahdalton

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  20. Brian Moylan

    Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear | Left Foot Forward | //bit.ly/eoK6vH | #dailymail #mailwatch

  21. Rob Bailey

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  22. Eamonn Hunt

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  23. Jacob Uzzell

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  24. redarsedbaboon

    The Independent was just as guilty of this yesterday. I suggest you direct your ire at them, too.

  25. Eleanor Besley

    wtf? RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2

  26. MCB

    Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2 via @leftfootfwd

  27. David Landon Cole

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2

  28. Rich Mintz

    RT @mcgregormt: RT @wdjstraw The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  29. Matthew McGregor

    RT @wdjstraw The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  30. The Cambridge Muslim

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  31. سلم

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  32. David Trussler

    RT @wdjstraw … Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV < and not even written by M. Phillips!

  33. Jacob Richardson

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  34. tameeza henriot

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim Convert fear: //bit.ly/fxv3tV writes @DanielElton

  35. Richard Bartholomew

    Oh, and the actual research report says: “There is no evidence of a mass conversion of the population and this is hardly the beginning of the ‘Islamification’ of the United Kingdom”

  36. Pierre Purseigle

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  37. Spir.Sotiropoulou

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2

  38. redditpics

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  39. pontaprint

    the ‘Islamification’ of the United Kingdom is proceeding through immigration rather than conversion

  40. Nemesis Republic

    RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2 How revealing. #dailyfail #EDL

  41. Ian

    RT @NemesisRepublic: RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2 How revea …

  42. Lee Hyde

    RT @NemesisRepublic: RT @leftfootfwd: Daily Mail: Never mind the data, here comes the Muslim convert fear //bit.ly/hVOtK2 How revea …

  43. RoRo KatKoota ♥

    RT @wdjstraw: The Daily Mail's fearmongering over converts to Islam is beyond the pale //bit.ly/fxv3tV

  44. RoRo KatKoota ♥

    (Via @wdjstraw) //bit.ly/fxv3tV "Daily Mail: Never mind the data here comes the Muslim convert fear" they're igniting a moral panic o_O

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